Nick Blackwell in induced coma after loss to Chris Eubank Jr

Nick Blackwell is in an induced coma following his loss to Chris Eubank Jr on Saturday night.

Blackwell lost his British middleweight title when referee Victor Loughlin halted the bout at Wembley Arena in the 10th round. He left the ring on a stretcher and with an oxygen mask on.

As of Sunday Blackwell remained in an induced coma, with the general secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control Robert Smith confirming the 25-year-old's status. 

"I spoke to one of the doctors [Sunday] morning and he said there is a bleeding of the brain," he said. "He's in intensive care, he's in an induced coma and he is resting and being looked after by the experts.

"It's a very normal procedure. They put you in a coma to get the swelling to go down. There's no time-scale. Now it's just a matter of waiting and seeing."

Several famous boxing figures, including world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, Lennox Lewis, Barry McGuigan, Carl Frampton, Scott Quigg, Paul Smith and Jamie Moore, showed support for Blackwell on Twitter.

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Image: Chris Eubank Jr (left) and Chris Eubank Sr tweeted support to Nick Blackwell

One of the first to tweet out his support was Eubank Jr, whose punishing shots left Blackwell's left eye swollen almost shut before the fight was stopped.

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Writing shortly after the fight, Eubank Jr tweeted: "You put up a great fight tonight. Proved yourself a true warrior, wish you a quick recovery & a speedy return 2 the ring."

His father Chris Eubank Sr wrote: "You fought a great fight tonight. May your hospital stay be short. We are wishing you a complete and restful recovery."

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